Source: The Benefits Of Being An Assistant

When we start out as photographers, it can be a little underwhelming, I mean, we all have this idea of what we’re capable of and yet we start out working on small jobs (often) with low budgets. Assisting helps you keep your enthusiasm while rising up through the ranks of experience and gives you access to productions possibly decades away from your current skill set.

With an ever changing landscape, the routes to becoming a professional photographer have changed massively. Back in the day, (sometime before I started), you would go to college, learn the basics, and then find an assisting position. Today, you can make your fame and fortune doing it in whichever way you want. People are out there making a living as travel photographers on Instagram using just an iPhone, Joey L was shooting major campaigns as a teenager, and I am pretty sure that many pros today started off as the main shooter. However, there are still benefits to assisting those with more experience than you. The hours are long, the pay is poor, and the working conditions are often a tad grim, but here are some reminders of the perks of assisting.

Get the Inside Scoop on Photography Industry Etiquette

There are certain expectations in the commercial photography world that you can’t really read up on anywhere. Who buys lunch? What are the payment terms for freelance staff? Who makes the tea? Who collates the feedback? When do you know it’s time to move onto the next shot? Understanding this before you jump in head first can save a few red-faced moments when you’re the main shooter.

Learn the Tricks of the Trade

Photography is complicated, and if there is a chance that something can go wrong, it probably will do. Knowing how to deal with these hurdles can only really come from experience. And it’s always nice to let someone else deal with the disaster rather than having to do it yourself. Watching a seasoned pro fixing an issue is a really quick way to pick up the tricks of the trade. CONTINUE READING…

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